Cell Phone Users 240 Percent More Prone to Brain Tumors

Still skeptical about the dangers of cellular phone use? You may want to reconsider, based on a Swedish study that found patients who used their cellular phones the most increased their risk of a malignant tumor by a frightening 240 percent.

To arrive at that alarming number, researchers compared the use of mobiles among 2,200 cancer patients (ages 20-80) and an equal number of healthy people. Of that number of cancer patients, more than 900 had malignant brain tumors.

Close to 10 percent of the patients with malignant tumors were considered to be heavy users, logging in more than 2,000 hours of use, or about an hour a day during the course of a decade. Additionally, the risk of developing a tumor is noticeable on the side of the head where the phone is used the most, according to the study.

Swedish researchers agree with me that the best and safest way to use a cellular phone is to connect it to a hands-free device to protect your head from harmful radiation. If you use a cell phone at all, wear a headset with a ferrite bead, don't use it in the car and, in general, try to minimize your use.

Wired News March 31, 2006

ZDNet March 31, 2006

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